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Hello,

My daughter was trying to pick something up that was on the floor next to the dog's bed. The dog first growled at her, and then bit her on the arm. The bite was minor - it did not break the skin. We yelled at the dog, and put her in her crate upstairs for a time out. Is this something that you can fix with training? She seems to get grumpy with the kids when she is sleeping or resting and does not want to be bothered. In general, the dog is great with the kids. I am at a lose as to what to do here. I do not want to re-home my dog. She really is a very sweet dog.

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Lisa
 

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Well, the growl is actually good. A growl is a warning--please stop what you are doing because it makes me uncomfortable. However, whatever has convinced the dog that she has the right to tell the kids off needs to stop. And yes, this is absolutely solveable with training, at least for most dogs.

If you have the money, I'd schedule an appointment with a behaviorist asap. There's lots of advice I could give you, but without seeing the dog I could be reading the situation totally wrong. There's a big difference between a dog who nips because she's ticked off and a dog who nips because she feels threatened. That's why whenever a dog has actually touched a human with its mouth, I advise that a professional see the dog.
 
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